This is one of the pic that remains pretty close to my heart. As you can see this statue of Lord Buddha is of my hometown and I took this photo a few days back. The pic came out at an ISO-400, an aperture of f/4.5 and a shutter speed of 1/4th of a second.
I would like to share with you all the life of Gautama Buddha(and yea,I’ll try to keep it as short as possible), the founder of the religion Buddhism. Said to have taken birth somewhere in 563 BC, Gautama Buddha was born in the royal family of Kapilavastu. Legend has it that, a clairvoyance named Asita announced at the time of birth that the child would either become a great king or a great holy man.At the age of 29,when Siddhartha(Gautama Buddha’s birth name) left his palace to meet his subjects,he was said to have seen an old man.
When his charioteer explained to him that all people grew old, the prince went on further trips beyond the palace. On these he encountered a diseased man, a decaying corpse, and an ascetic. These depressed him, and he initially strove to overcome ageing, sickness, and death by living the life of an ascetic.
Gautama quit his palace for the life of a mendicant. Initially said to be meditated under Alara Kalama,he felt unsatisfied by the practice. Therefore he and a group of 5 men are said to have set out to take their austerities even further.They tried to find enlightenment through deprivation of worldly goods, including food, practising self mortification. This lead to the severe starvation and he was on the verge of a collapse. He is later said to attain a concentrated and focused state that was blissful and refreshing, the jhana(profound stillness and concentration),after recalling a childhood memory with his father.
According to the early Buddhist texts,after realizing that meditative jhana was the right path to awakening, but that extreme asceticism didn’t work, Gautama discovered what Buddhists call the Middle Way,a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification
In a famous incident, after becoming starved and weakened, he is said to have accepted milk from a village girl. Such was his emaciated appearance that she wrongly believed him to be a spirit that had granted her a wish!
Following this incident, Gautama was famously seated under a pipal tree—now known as the Bodhi tree—in Bodh Gaya,India, when he vowed never to arise until he had found the truth.
After a reputed 49 days of meditation, at the age of 35, he is said to have attained Enlightenment.
According to Buddhism, at the time of his awakening he realized complete insight into the cause of suffering, and the steps necessary to eliminate it. These discoveries became known as the “Four Noble Truths“,which are at the heart of Buddhist teaching. Through the mastery of these truths, a state of supreme liberation, or Nirvana, is believed to be possible for any being.
I managed to as short as possible without excluded the highlights of Buddha’s life . Hope you like it!
Finishing with a food for thought, a famous Buddha saying
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Do ponder on that.
Have a nice day.